Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
Anyone can participate in Haliburton County Public Library’s Online Book Club by choosing to read one or more of four books selected each month. You don’t even have to read from a particular month’s selection you can simply go online and make comments about books and reading in general.
Because St. Patrick’s Day falls in March it seemed a good idea to feature some Irish authors. Our online book club reading selections are: Cheating at Cansta by William Trevor, The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright, The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes, and the Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.
This week on Library moments, Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each tell you about the book we picked this month.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: The Forgotten Waltz is a memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreversible slip into longing. In a pleasant suburb of Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it has snowed. As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina Moynihan remembers the days of her adulterous affair with Sean, in one hotel room or another: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and the stillness and vertigo of the falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina waits for the arrival on her doorstep of Sean’s fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie – the complication, and gravity, of this second life.The Forgotten Waltz is Anne Enright’s first novel since winning the Man Booker prize in 2007 for The Gathering.
Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: In Sarah Rees Brennan’s novel, The Demon’s Lexicon, sixteen year old Nick Ryves is always ready to run. His father is dead and their mother has gone mad. She treats Nick coldly while adoring his brother Alan. They are relentlessly pursued by magicians and demons, and all number of people and things determined to kill them. Apparently their mother stole an amulet from a very powerful wizard, and that wizard wants it back. If that weren’t enough, teenage siblings Jamie and Mae need the brothers’ help. Jamie has been marked by a demon, which means someone has to die – most likely Jamie. It’s all a bit much for Nick, but Alan has a crush on Mae, so between that and Nick’s unfailing loyalty to his brother he is thrown into helping them as well. Then Nick discovers clues as to why he and his family have been hunted all his life, and begins to realize that what he’s been told hasn’t been the truth – and the truth may be more deadly than any demon’s mark or amulet could ever be.
The Demon’s Lexicon is the first book in a trilogy, but can be read as a standalone novel. It is followed by The Demon’s Covenant, and The Demon’s Surrender.
Bessie: Meet Helen, youngest of the Walsh sisters, black sheep of the family and a law unto herself. She was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the case of missing boy band has-been Wayne Diffney. The Mystery at Mercy Close is by Irish chick lit writer Marian Keyes who is known for taking on tough subjects like addiction and depression with a light touch and a sense of hopefulness. Often amusing but always compassionately told, I have been enjoying this author’s stories since her debut novel in 1995.
To join the online book club, look for the Social Media links on our homepage at www.haliburtonlibrary.ca. Click on the “g” for Goodreads and it’ll take you right to the Online Book Club page. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM March 29th – April 4th, 2015.